INDIANAPOLIS - Last month a pair of Florida Southern College student-athletes attended the annual NCAA Career in Sports Forum at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, taking part in a four-day program designed to assist student-athletes in charting their career paths, as well as provide an opportunity to network and learn from current athletics professionals.
Florida Southern was represented at the forum by former women's soccer standout Anna Griessler and current volleyball student-athlete Annie Collins. Griessler graduated in May with a degree in exercise science after playing in 58 games and scoring 18 goals for the Moccasins during her four-year career, and Collins is currently majoring in psychology with a minor in business administration.
"The opportunity to attend the NCAA Career in Sports Forum was amazing," Griessler said. "Not only did I get to hear from knowledgeable NCAA staff who depicted what it is like to work within intercollegiate athletics, but I also met and forged lasting connections with other student-athletes from the Division I, II, and II levels. What a great chance to represent Florida Southern College at the NCAA National Office!"
All attendees at the NCAA Career in Sports Forum are nominated by administrators at their respective institution, must be a junior or senior, and must complete an online application and screening process. The NCAA chooses just 200 student-athletes from around the country to participate in the annual forum, bringing together the best of the best in college athletics.
"This event was incredible," Collins said. "I went in with an open mind and wasn't really sure what to expect but when I got there I was amazed with the whole weekend. I was able to meet a lot of other student-athletes at the same spot in my life and it made me realize that we all go through the same things. I went in not knowing if I really wanted to work in intercollegiate athletics but came out with an incredible passion to work in the field. Athletics has always been important to me and this forum made me realize I don't have to let that part of my life go when I graduate because there are so many different athletic career opportunities out there."